Bentley has revealed a suite of design updates and new features for the 2015 Continental GT family.
Principal exterior design changes include a new front bumper that combines with a smaller radiator shell and new, more pronounced fenders. The fenders also feature a new vent, complete with a metallic “B” badge, which sits below the Bentley “power line” that travels rearwards from the front arches. New bright chrome fender badges for the V8 S and W12 models now match those applied to the GT Speed.
At the rear of the car, the boot lid is now more pronounced, while the rear bumper has been reshaped and widened, and additionally incorporates full-width brightware trim. The V8 S and GT Speed also gain a new rear diffuser design to differentiate the performance-focused models of the Continental range.
The revisions to the exterior styling are completed with the addition of new wheels to the range of 20” and 21” designs available. The standard wheel for the GT V8 and GT W12 becomes a new 20”, six-tri-spoke wheel, in painted finish for the V8 and bright machined for the W12. The Mulliner Driving Specification wheel changes to a new 21” seven-twin-spoke design, finished in grey with bright machined spokes. Finally, a new 21” five-spoke wheel joins the existing 21” design available for the V8 S and GT Speed.
On the inside, a new straight-fluting pattern features on all four seats, while the Mulliner Driving Specification gains a tightened, “small-diamond” quilting pattern. Driver controls are all-new, with an optional, more sports-orientated steering wheel and larger gear-shift paddles incorporating knurled metal embellishers.
The driver’s instrument panel also receives new dials and graphics, and the new interior is now illuminated by LEDs. The centre console features a new black gear lever surround, unifying the style of all driver controls. For V8 and V8 S coupe models, a new hidden storage compartment is fitted between the rear seats.
Under the revised skin of the GT W12 lie three changes to the 6.0-litre twin turbo W12 powertrain. Firstly, the engine receives a power and torque increase, from 567 bhp and 16 lb-ft to 582 bhp and 531 lb-ft.
Bentley says the power upgrade is accompanied by improvements to fuel economy of up to 5%. The GT W12 now includes a variable displacement system and the new evolution is able to run at part throttle on six of its 12 cylinders to reduce fuel consumption and offers lower CO2 emissions of 329 g/km and combined fuel economy of 20 mpg.
The new models will be officially unveiled at next month’s Geneva motor show.